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When the White House and Harvard Get Together on Education

The Harvard Graduate School of Education and the White House have teamed up to bring us the College Opportunity Agenda.


I just made a suggestion on Twitter to the Harvard Graduate School of Education:

@hgse @ReachHigher Change name to Harvard Grad School of Euphemism/Entrepreneurial rip-off. For one, College & Career Readiness is shameful

Representating the White House at the conference is James Kvaal, Deputy Director, Domestic Policy Council,which coordinates the domestic policy making process in the White House. His work experience includes a position as policy director on the Obama for America 2012 campaign and in the first term of the
Obama Administration, he worked as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of
Education. His "connections" date back to the Clinton Administration. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Also representing the White House is Eric Waldo,Executive Director, Reach Higher Initiative, Office of the First Lady [OFL], Executive Office of the President [EOP]. Formerly: deputy chief of staff for policy and programs in the Office of the Secretary of Education; Department of Education's representative to the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status and as the principal legal advisor to the secretary on legal appeals from the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Formerly: an attorney on the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and as deputy and assistant staff counsel to the Obama for America campaign. Education: J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a master's in education from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.

There's more!

A representative from College & Career Readiness is speaking at the White House/HGSE Event.

Take a look at the company store.

This is no surprise. Here's the work history of the chair of College & Career Readiness:

  • Vice President with Renaissance Learning, publishers of Accelerated Reader

  • media joint venture with the Chinese government

  • Vice President with Achieve3000, publishers of KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000

  • President, Westjam Enterprises, Inc. filed as a Statement & Designation By Foreign Corporation in the State of California on Thursday, October 25, 2007

  • creator and author of The Consistency and Constancy Framework for School Leadership

  • consults, trains and leads graduate-level courses, including the School Improvement Black Belt Certification program, to support district leadership, boards of education, principals, and staff development coaches

  • He has an MBA in global management.

    According to the Orlando Sentinel, in 2012 Baird was an Illinois expert with the Common Core Institute and the Curriculum Institute (Their Wikipedia listing makes a list of claims longer than a boa.)

    A conference sponsored by the White House and the Harvard Graduate School of Euphemism/Entrepreneurial rip-off (oops!) Education seems like perfect venue.

    — Susan Ohanian




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